About Yoga and Meditation
I’m a yoga beginner. Is the Vagabond Temple suitable for me?
Yes, we are a great place for yoga beginners! At our centre you will gain spiritual knowledge and receive practical instruction to start your practice. We give personal attention to every student in the class with an emphasis on correct practice. You will also have the opportunity to meet with the teachers for a one-on-one talk to ask questions, share difficulties and receive personal guidance. Our schedule consists of many spiritual activities besides yoga that aim to cultivate awareness and balance in our daily lives. Read more about our teaching.
I’m an advanced yoga practitioner/yoga teacher. Is the Vagabond Temple suitable for me?
Yes, Yoga is a spiritual path which is infinite. Therefore everyone can learn more and deepen their practice. Our professional teachers have the knowledge to lead you one step further on the path by fine-tuning your sadhana (spiritual practice) as well as teaching advanced yoga techniques. We have a special program for yoga teachers who are interested in developing their skills and teaching methods.
Do I need to bring my own mat?
No, our yoga hall is equipped with everything you need for the classes. Although you may do so if you desire. It is also possible to purchase a yoga mat at the retreat centre upon arrival.
What is Karma Yoga?
Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service. It is a form of meditation – the object of meditation is the action that we perform. It helps us to maintain our awareness and bring spirituality to our daily life, while doing things for the benefit of others.
At Vagabond Temple karma yoga takes a daily 45-minute contribution of our time to help the community, which includes gardening, cleaning, sweeping etc.
Are there any suggested reading materials before coming to the retreat?
Yes. Below a selection of our suggested reading list (most of them are available online). Of course you are encouraged to seek spiritual books that appeal to you.
The Search – (Osho)
The Power of Now – (Eckhart Tolle)
Mindfulness in Plain English – (Ven. Hnepola Gunaratana)
Who am I? – (Rammana Maharishi)
The Wise Heart – (Jack Kornfield)
The Way of Zen – (Alan Watts)
Tree of Yoga –(B.K.S Iyengar)
Light on Yoga – (B.K.S Iyengar)
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali – (Georg Feuerstein)
The Bhagavad-Gita – (Stephen Mitchell)
Essential Reiki – (Diane Stein)
Quantum Healing – (Deepak Chopra)
Ayurveda and the Mind – (David Frawley)
The Hygienic System – (Herbert M. Shelton)
What style of yoga do you teach?
We mainly teach:
Traditional Hatha Yoga: yoga based on Iyengar with emphasis on alignment and breathing
Kundalini Yoga: energetic yoga that involves movement, fast breathing and mantra chanting
Yin Yoga: slow-paced style of yoga with poses that are held for longer periods of time
Vinyasa Flow Yoga: fast-paced and dynamic style of yoga that synchronizes the breath with a continuous flow of postures
Detox and Healing
Is there any eating on the detox program?
On the detox program we will consume only coconut water, juice, raw food and water according to the needs of the faster. A consultation meeting will take place before the detox begins, where a personalized detox fasting program will be determined.
What type of detoxification products do you use?
We do not use any detoxification products as we follow the natural hygiene method, which understands the healing process as completely natural and free from any artificial disturbance. Therefore while undergoing our detoxification program we will consume only coconut water, juice, raw food and water according to the faster’s needs.
Accommodation and Facilities
What are the rooms like?
All bungalows and dormitories are equipped with comfortable beds, electrical outlets, fans, mosquito netting or insect screens and large windows. Most bungalows have an attached bathroom with a hot shower. For more information see ‘Accommodation’.
Do you have wifi or Internet access?
Wifi is available in the living room and can be accessed during break times.
Can I stay somewhere other than Vagabond Temple and still participate in your program?
We ask our guests to stay at our centre. To get the full benefit of our program, you should be present in the supportive community environment of the Vagabond Temple for the whole time.
Booking and Payment
Do I need to pay a deposit to secure my booking?
Yes. We require a $100 non-refundable online deposit in order to secure your booking. Other programs and special retreats may require a larger deposit in order to secure your booking.
What is the payment policy?
We ask you to pay your bill in cash upon arrival. Unfortunately we do not accept credit cards or bankcards. If you decide to shorten your stay, we provide a 50% refund of your full payment, unless there is a case of severe emergency.
For more information see fees and payment.
What is the minimum stay at Vagabond Temple?
We require all guests to stay a minimum of five nights, as we have found this is the minimum amount required for guests to fully immerse and garner benefit from the program.
Can I extend my stay?
Yes, if you decide that you would like to extend your stay while at the centre, you may do so as long as we have the available space.
Getting to Cambodia and to the Vagabond Temple
How do I get to Kep?
Please see our Kep page for information on how to get to there.
What do I need to consider before coming to Cambodia?
If you have a health problem, please ensure that you have discussed it with your doctor and that he or she is aware that you are travelling overseas. Make a photocopy of your passport and any health/travel insurance details and emergency contact details you may need and carry these with you.
What do I need to consider before coming to Vagabond Temple?
We ask you to read carefully the code of conduct.
What should I bring with me to Vagabond Temple?
We advise you to bring mosquito repellent, a re-usable water bottle, swimsuit and towel for the beach and in the rainy season, an umbrella or a raincoat.
Do I need a visa to visit Cambodia? How long does a visa last?
- One option is to get a tourist visa on arrival. This is available either at the airport or at the border crossing. It costs $30 and you will need two passport photos.
- Another option is a Cambodian tourist visa online (e-visa). All you need to do is complete the online application form and pay with your credit card. After receiving your visa by email, print it out and bring it with you when you travel to Cambodia (an online e-visa costs $37). You can apply for this visa via this link: https://www.evisa.gov.kh
- Tourist visas are valid for 30 days however they can be extended for another 30 days at any travel agency in Sihanoukville. We can arrange this for you, a month extension will cost about $53.
- If you wish to stay for more than 60 days in Cambodia, you should ask for a business visa. It can be applied for only at the border or at the airport on arrival. This type of visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended for 3 months, 6 months or for one year once in the country. It costs $35.